It started on the night of October 18th, 2007 for Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The men are co-founders of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, located in Arizona. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were taken from their homes and jailed.
This happened after they unearthed grand jury proceedings that sought information about the Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. The journalists, who are well versed and familiar with their First Amendment rights as a citizen of the United States, sued the county. Their case prevailed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
The settlement of 3.75 million compelled the journalists to start a fund, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund to help organizations and groups who support civil, human, and migrant rights throughout the state of Arizona. The Fund finds itself at the forefront of the political and social issues that are arising in America now.
The Fund is doing critical work by supporting organizations like “Can the Border Divide Us?.” Whose goal is to provide free and public lecture and discussion events that have to do with discussing the issues that impact Latino and Chicano, Immigrant and Mexican communities in the Southwest United States. This type of forum is crucial in order to bring people together to discuss and bring about change to issues. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
The Fund also supports an organization called SySTEM Phoenix- College X Trips. This organization provides critically important experiences for underprivileged children.
The students earn points through increasing their reading and math scores, and based off of the points are able to attend one of the College X Trips. The trips encourage and help the students think critically about STEM subjects. A skill, which is pivotal to have in the 21st-century workforce.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund supports a diverse range of organizations. Their focus is to empower and support minorities in the Southwest region. A prime example of this support is the Fund’s support of Trans Queer Pueblo. Trans Queer Pueblo is an organization that fosters the health and well-being of the LGBTQ and migrant community.
Lacey and Jim Larkin have done this by providing 100 undocumented LGBTQ patients. The organization has also liberated 15 immigrants from detention centers. Most importantly though, they have created a safe space for people to congregate and share their concerns, and ask for help.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund continues to pay it forward to dozens or organizations that have the immigrant and migrant population in mind. Their support of these organizations creates an opportunity for suppressed voices to be heard.
Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey